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The Denver Art Museum has had numerous homes since its beginnings as the Denver Artists’ Club in 1893. The current 350,000-square-foot (32,500-square-meter) museum in Denver’s Civic Center, located downtown, is an architectural landmark made up of two distinct buildings. The North Building, opened in 1971, has seven stories and is covered in more than 1 million shimmering grey tiles. It was designed by famous Italian architect Gio Ponti. The Frederic C. Hamilton wing, opened in 2006, connects to the North Building by a bridge. This section was designed to reflect the peaks and rock formations of the surrounding mountains. It was the joint creation of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. Libeskind also designed Berlin’s revered Jewish Museum, among other notable buildings.
There are some 70,000 artworks in the Denver Art Museum, spanning both historic and modern eras and several continents. The museum has a highly regarded permanent collection of American Indian art in the North Building. There are also interesting exhibits of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial collections of paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, ceramics and decorative arts. Check the gallery website for the latest temporary exhibition.
Families are welcome at the gallery and will find plenty to occupy young ones, including craft activities and interactive installations. On weekends and during school breaks, visit the Family Activity Cart near the museum entrance to find out what’s going on.
The museum shop has prints, books, jewelry and handmade trinkets by local artists. There are three on-site dining options. Tea, coffee, pastries, wine and cheese are available at Mad Beans and Wine Café. Mad Greens Inspired Eats serves salads, soups and sandwiches, while leisurely three-course lunches are provided at Palettes Restaurant.
The Denver Art Museum is easily accessible by public transportation or car. Parking is available nearby, and there’s also a shuttle from the 16th Street Mall.
Get the most out of your time spent at Denver Art Museum. Here's a list of the best things to do:
For many more activities, take a look at our Denver things to do page.
Located in the heart of downtown, this granite-and-glass tower is adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center and one block from the 16th Street pedestrian mall's shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center, United States Mint, and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Buell Theatre are also within 10 minutes. 16th - California Station is 7 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 8 minutes.
This downtown Denver hotel is 2 blocks from the 16th Street Mall, 4 blocks from the convention center, and 7 blocks from the gold-domed Capitol and the Denver Art Museum.
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and United States Mint. Colorado State Capitol Building and Denver Performing Arts Complex are also within 15 minutes. 16th - California Station is 5 minutes by foot and 16th - Stout Station is 7 minutes.
In the heart of Denver's Uptown, Warwick Denver is 3 blocks from the State Capitol, 4 blocks from 16th Street Mall, and 9 blocks from the Denver Convention Center. Pepsi Center is 2 miles away.
On the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is close to shopping and entertainment, about 3 blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and State Capitol, and 2 miles from Coors Field.
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of United States Mint, Colorado Convention Center, and Denver Art Museum. Paramount Theater and Buell Theatre are also within 15 minutes. 16th - California Station is 9 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 10 minutes.
Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center is opposite the convention center and 2 blocks from the 16th Street Mall. It’s an 8-minute walk to shops at the city’s oldest block, Larimer Square. Guests can hop on the light rail at Theatre District/Convention Center Station, a 2-minute walk.